March 18, 2010
On June 29, 2009, the AIA, along with the International Code Council (ICC) and ASTM International, announced the formation of the Sustainable Building Technology Committee (SBTC) and charged it with creating an International Green Construction Code (IGCC).
Since then, an enormous amount of time and effort on the part of the members and staff of all three organizations, as well as a broad range of stakeholder participants, resulted in the development of a draft IGCC. For its part, you can be proud of those who represented the profession’s interest in this endeavor. In every chapter and on every page, their presence and their influence can be seen.
The AIA’s participation assured that architects had, and will continue to have, a role in shaping a significant portion of the overall building code development effort – an effort that will prove to shape so much of what, and how, we design.
We announce to you the release of Public Version 1.0 of the IGCC, which is now available for public comment. While this milestone brings us one step closer to completion, we cannot realize this goal without your participation.
The IGCC is vital to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the natural and built environments. It is equally critical to ensure that economic and regulatory implications to our profession are not negatively affected. As architects, it rightly falls to us to meet the challenge, become involved, and help define the final version of the code.
To that end, the AIA has developed a web form at www.aia.org/igcc where you can review and submit comments on Public Version 1.0 of the IGCC (and subsequent versions). Your participation is vital to our success, so please take advantage of this opportunity.
Thank you in advance for your valued assistance.
With best regards,
George H. Miller, FAIA Christine W. McEntee
President Executive Vice President/CEO